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Can breast lumps lead to breast cancer?

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Published At April 19, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 20-year-old female who is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 143.3 pounds, and I am concerned about lumps in both of my breasts. I have had these firm lumps since I started developing breasts, and they are almost symmetrical on both breasts. There are multiple internal lumps and two big lumps on both breasts except the axilla, these are only felt by palpating but are not visible. I am a second-year medical student therefore I had to perform breast examinations on patients and found that no one else had significant lumps across their breasts. So I am afraid that mine are not typical. For background information, I have tuberous breasts that did not develop correctly and are somewhat smaller. There is no discomfort, discharge, or new alterations in the breasts.

Kindly help.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

As a medical student, you are understandably concerned about the lumps in your breasts. However, it is essential to remember that breast lumps are common, and not all of them are cancerous. Most breast lumps turn out to be benign (non-cancerous) conditions such as fibroadenomas, cysts, or fibrocystic changes. Given your medical background, you may have a heightened awareness of breast lumps and may be more sensitive to their presence. However, it is essential to avoid self-diagnosis and seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or a breast specialist. They can perform a thorough clinical examination and order any necessary diagnostic tests, such as mammography, ultrasound, or biopsy, to determine the cause of the lumps.

  2. Discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider and ask questions about the potential causes of the lumps and the next steps in your evaluation.

  3. If you have not already done so, consider getting regular breast examinations and mammograms as recommended by your healthcare provider based on your age and risk factors for breast cancer.

  4. If you have tuberous breasts, it's essential to communicate this to your healthcare provider, as it may affect the evaluation and management of any breast lumps you may have.

  5. Remember that most breast lumps are benign, and early detection and treatment can significantly improve outcomes for breast cancer if it turns out to be malignant.

Therefore, it is crucial to prioritize regular breast examinations and follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider, as recommended.

I hope this information will help you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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